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Marine completes his mission 53 years later

Vietnam Marine Jim Farley presents a flag in memory of his best friend Garth “Rusty” Keck, Jr., to Nocona VFW Post 8558 during special ceremonies Saturday at Nocona Cemetery.

By Tracy R. Mesler

Fifty-three years, five months and thirteen days later, Vietnam veteran Cpl. James L. Farley (USMC-Ret.) completed ‘his mission’ bringing closure to himself and his family.

In 1965 Farley and his best friend “more like brothers Garth Wayne “Rusty” Keck Jr., were on a trip from their home in Woodward, Okla., to Enid, Okla., to pick up some track equipment for their coach. While there, the two young men enlisted in the United State Marine Corps.

Keck had been born in Montague County before his family moved to Oklahoma leaving a large, extended behind in Texas.

Read more in this week’s edition of The Nocona News.

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